Walk to School Week (21 to 25 May) is run by a national charity, Living Streets, who are dedicated to encourage walking. On Tuesday 22 May schools took part in Happy Shoes Day and were encouraged to wear the shoes that make them happiest – whether that is the brightest, jazziest or craziest shoes they own.
Pupils taking part in the competition were tasked with designing their very own happy shoes and our Road Safety Team received some creative entries with shoes that played music, shoes with zips and waterproof shoes and some detailed posters featuring the benefits of walking to school.
Three winning entries were selected from the schools that took part:
Pastures Way Nursery
Warden Hill Infants School
William Austin Junior School
Wenlock Church of England Junior School
Maidenhall Primary School
Norton Road Primary School
St Martin De Porres Catholic Primary School
The Ferrars Academy
All winning entrants received goody bags with reflective items and those who came first place received an additional £40 Clarks voucher and those who came second received a £10 book token.
Councillor Paul Castleman, portfolio holder for Road Safety, said: “Walking is a great way of keeping young people active and healthy and it also helps them learn vital road safety skills. It’s great to see our schools take part in this competition and I hope children and parents will swap four wheels for two feet and give walking a go this Walk to School Week.”